Monday, May 31, 2010

Weight Loss Ticker

I am Addicted to MyFitnessPal for my iPod touch. It's so handy and has a huge database.
I'm using it to track my progress, and help me set goals. I don't want any double-chin pictures in NYC.
Since we decided on our destination, I've cut out 5lbs! Pretty Proud of myself, hopefully I can keep it up :)

Created by MyFitnessPal - Free Calorie Counter

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ped-Egg Revisited!

Ok so last month I tried the Ped-Egg and was less than impressed. Ever since it's just been staring at me from the nail polish rack in my bathroom. Last weekend Boyfriend and I made a trip to Bulk Barn and a nabbed a bag of Epsom Salt. He's out to a fundraiser tonight so I had a spa-night for one at home. Polish. Wax. Condition. Soak - with epsom salt - followed by Ped-Egg and like magic - perfect feet. Like I'd just had a pedicure in a salon, I am so pleased with this change.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summertime To Do's

This list will grow and shrink and get crossed off as the summer continues. Things that seem like quite possibly the best idea ever may not seem so great once some research and planning have been done.
I love the sun - I think maybe Boyfriend and I should move somewhere that doesn't have such a long winter!!
  1. Visit NYC! (72 days from now but who's counting?)
  2. Make a salad from our garden
  3. Read all the books on my book list
  4. Silkscreen at least one shirt (How-to found here)

Monday, May 17, 2010

We Decided

on NYC for our August vacation!
 I am so excited, I keep looking up trip packages, and making lists of places we want to see. 81 days from today we'll be arriving! I can't wait :) Neither of us have been there before. Boyfriend has his passport already but I've got to get mine - and some clothes - and about 20lbs lighter!! lol This is so exciting. We'll stay for 7 full days. I've got my heart set on a hotel in Tribecca - the rooms look spectacular, and it has free wifi (a must!) among other great features. There is a small fridge and microwave in the room, with a grocery store in the hotel. About a minute walk from a subway station this looks like the perfect location for us. All thats left is to book it.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Almost Complete

Our garden consists of:
2 big beef tomato plants
burpless supreme cucumber plants
bistro mix lettuce plants
green onion plants
lincoln pea plants
a dahlietta
2 dianthus
a hosta

All it's missing is.... a strawberry plant.
And I can't find one anywhere :P
The search continues...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Garden Progress

I took a vacation day today to enjoy a long weekend. We've got my parents car for the weekend and the weather is fantastic - couldn't ask for a better weekend :) I popped over to a garden centre on the bike (which now has a basket by the way!) and picked up some tomato transplants and a bright pink dahlietta. Mom gave me a potted hosta which is getting bigger by the minute! Everything is coming together wonderfully. I'm really looking forward to relaxing on our back patio this summer.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Maiden Voyage!

Boyfriend and I took went for a spin today! It was Fantastic!! :) We're out of shape, but hopefully the bike, and the weather, will change that.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bicycle :)

This came from my parents garage, who got it from my grandparents garage but I think it was my mothers after she'd married my father. I love it. A Blue CCM Galaxie, from the quick searches I did it appears to be from the 60's - although all of those bicycles had hand brakes, and this one has coaster brakes. It's well loved but I used some SOS pads and some elbow grease this afternoon to get a lot of the rust off the chrome, now it really shines. I will likely get a new seat for it - and I really want a basket - preferably for the back fender, not over the handlebars but if that's all I can do - I will :)

The rust on the fender in this picture is before I cleaned it all up :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ask and you shall recieve!!

Excellent day. Got blueberries first thing this morning to make Blueberry Muffins then came home to this:
 Perfection. Having drinks with Boyfriend and  Boyfriend's brother on the patio tonight - great day for it!!
Enjoy the Sun!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Summer Reading

I have a vision of laying on my lounge chair in the sun, reading a great book by the garden. The weather isn't quite there for it yet - but I've found a book that I love. Jennifer Weiner's 'Good in Bed'.

"For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She''s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. But the day she opens up a national women''s magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend''s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become."

I started it yesterday and I cannot put it down. I used to love Sophie Kinsella, but over the years her books have left much to be desired. Confessions of a Shopaholic had my full attention by the time I finished reading the book jacket, but Twenties Girl... ahhh I can't even bring myself to finish it. Over time, Emily Giffin has taken my top spot for favorite author - but I think Jennifer Weiner may give her a run for her money. I'm discovering 'Good in Bed' 9 years after it was published, so I've got the rest of her library to flip through over the summer. Emily Giffin does have a new book coming out on May 11th, Heart of the Matter.

"Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance--and even to some degree, friendships--believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined. In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most."

I think this will be fantastic. As much as I love a good book, I can't stand paying for hardcover - so that gives me time to catch up on Jennifer Weiner before Heart of the Matter comes to paperback.
So my incomplete, unofficial Summer Reading list is:
  1. Good in Bed - Jennifer Weiner
  2. Certain Girls - Jennifer Weiner
  3. Goodnight Nobody - Jennifer Weiner
  4. The Guy not Taken - Jennifer Weiner
  5. Best Friends Forever - Jennifer Weiner
  6. Heart of the Matter - Emily Giffin 
It's going to be a great summer :)